Summer holidays….the perfect time to catch up on some reading. So what do librarians read when they are on holidays? Do they read at all?
In response to a call out to my librarian colleagues at CSU as to what they will be reading over Christmas, we’ve compiled a list. See their answers below.
Our pick of books to read over the Christmas/New Year break:
- Papillon by Henri Charriere – my next book club choice
- Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee – I’ve been putting this one off, worried it might kill my fond memories of To Kill a Mockingbird
- World of Numbers by Adam Spencer, because I get excited about nerdy mathematics!
- Island Home, Tim Winton’s latest novel; I am a big fan of his work
- Aussie Jingle Bells by Colin Buchanan, because I have a new grandson
- The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, it’s always comforting to re-read an old favourite.
- A Prayer for Owen Meany : a Novel by John Irving
- The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt, my first Western!
- Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody. Now that the final book has been released I am planning to re-read the series. It might be ambitious to try to read all seven but I’m hoping to finally get some closure!!!
- The Red Queen by Isobelle Carmody
- V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
- Blood Noir by Laurell K. Hamilton
- Introduction to Information Science by David Bawden
- Last Night in Twisted
River by John Irving
- Plato at the
Googleplex by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein – waiting for those lazy summer
days where your mind can roam.
- The Complete Fairy Tales. At the time of publishing in 2008, the compiler believed it to be the most complete and accurate collection of Grimm fairy tales.
- White Beech: The Rainforest Years by Germaine Greer. It is profound and empowering – and I’ve only read the introduction so far!
- My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman – on loan from Carole on her recommendation
- The Song of the Dodo : Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions by David Quammen. It’s 700 pages so may take me a while…
- Queen of the Flowers: a Phryne Fisher mystery by Kerry Greenwood. I’m slowly working my way through all of the Phryne Fishers, but not reading them in order.
- Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant #2) by Ben Aranovitch
- Spinning Out by Christine Darcas, a chicklit one for a little non-mystery to read
Old London: The Victorian Fight Against Filth by Lee Jackson
- Not Without My Daughter by Betty Mahmoody with William Hoffer
Name is Mahtob by Mahtob Mahmoody – this is the sequel to Not Without My Daughter, written by
the daughter, after the events of the first book
- Remembering Babylon by David Malouf, because I have enjoyed his previous writing and I like historical fiction
- Blood River : A Journey Through Africa’s Broken Heart by journalist Tim Butcher
- The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
- Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism by David Harvey
- The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories, Volume One: Where on Earth by Ursula K. Le Guin
- Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
- Chris Hadfield’s An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything. I went and saw his speaking tour and don’t want my signed copy to go to waste
- All the Light We Cannot See: a Novel by Anthony Doerr. At page 50 I am already finding it hard to put down.
- Unpolished Gem by Alice Pung. I have read another novel by Alice Pung, Laurinda, and really enjoyed the insight it gave to being an Asian migrant teenager.
- The Bloodletter’s Daughter: a Novel of Old Bohemia by Linda Lafferty